By Andria Louca
Food is religion; growing it, sustaining it, sourcing it, sharing it, making it, eating it.
Despite what some hipsters believe, this really isn’t a new idea. We’ve been communing with and around food since the beginning of time.
The dining table has been where we’ve told the stories, negotiated and discussed, connected and disagreed, celebrated and mourned. Food brings people together; around the table and around the world. Food is a spiritual experience; it is life, love and community.
Bonnie Lax, a Georgina resident who has a passion for food and culture, along with Chris and John Auger, wanted to bring together the culinary community of Georgina.
Farmers need to sell their product; people and local eateries need to buy food. How do you create an opportunity for culinary cooperation? How do you bring people together? The old-fashioned way — around the dinner table of course!
The Georgina Harvest Dinner was born!
Now in its third year, the Georgina Harvest Dinner has become a signature culinary event in Georgina.
Last year there were more than 100 people turned away for tickets! With ingredients sourced from local farms and producers, the event raises awareness of Georgina’s food growers and helps to partner them with the ever growing and changing landscape of local restaurants.
Local culinary rock star Cori Doern (owner and chef of Cori’s Café in Sutton) has been involved from the get-go and sits on the Georgina Harvest Dinner committee.
A truly gifted chef who is passionate about local food, Doern, along with Timothy Clarida (Director of Culinary Arts at Keswick High School) will be crafting this year’s meal. The committee also includes Georgina residents Alana Sheilds Barker and Jenn Paterson, Georgina Food Pantry’s Catherine Cook, and this year, yours truly.
Supported by the Friends of the Greenbelt and the Town of Georgina, RogersTV, Cori’s Café, Dire Consulting Inc, along with an army of dedicated volunteers, local food advocates and food lovers, the event promises to once again be an evening of incomparable food and flavours, while bringing together the growing culinary community of Georgina and educating both sides of the table on what’s growing and available right in our own backyard.
It’s time for Georgina to take its place on the culinary map of Ontario and the Georgina Harvest Dinner is on its way to making that happen.
Georgina Harvest Dinner - Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 Kin Community Hall, Sutton Fairgrounds 3 Fairpark Lane.
Doors open at 5 pm
Dinner at 6 pm
Adults $24, Children: 12 & Under $8, Family Price: 2 adults 2 children $56.
Ask about the “Bring your own plate” tickets Proceeds benefit the Georgina Food Pantry.
When you are looking for locally produced food, check out some of these Lake Simcoe area farms:
• Elmgrove Organic Collective and Elmgrove Farm – Sutton; www.elmgroveorganic.com
• The Cutting Veg – Sutton Ontario http://www.thecuttingveg.com
• Frall Foods – Sutton, Georgina, Ontario www.frallfoods.com
• Carron Farms – Holland Marsh Since 1934! http://www.carronfarms.ca
• Foggy River Farm – Beaverton, Ontario http://restorativefarming.com
• Barrie Hill Farm – Barrie, Ontario http://www.barriehillfarms.com
• What grows, or is produced, in and around Georgina (and Lake Simcoe): Arugula, Beans, Cucumbers, Strawberries, Kale, Garlic, Beets, Peas, Squash, Melons, Apples, Pumpkins, Onions, Corn, Raspberries, Leeks, Arugula, Cilantro, Chard, Eggplant, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Radish, Basil, Beets, Oregano, Mint, Carrots, Gooseberries, Peppers, Parsley, Acorn Squash, Salad Turnip, Butternut, Sunflowers, Zucchini, Calendula, Tomatoes, Nasturtiums, Salad Mix, Dry Beans, Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Spaghetti Squash, Collards, Broccoli, Cabbage, New Potatoes, Honey, Poultry and other meat, fish and baked goods.
Andria Louca is a mom, realtor, media guru, foodie and local-food advocate. She loves to explore the tastes of Lake Simcoe. Make your own food suggestions on our Forum at lakesimcoeliving.com.